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Easy Greek Orzo Salad

Updated on March 11, 2013
Delicious summer orzo salad.
Delicious summer orzo salad. | Source

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Orzo Pasta

Orzo pasta is often found in Greek meals. It can be served warm in more hearty dishes or cold in delicious salads. Orzo is a small, flat pasta that resembles barley and in fact means barley in Italian. This salad has a delicious flavor, is easy to make and will keep your family or guests asking for more.

How to Roast Garlic

Roasting garlic is a very simple task. Preheat your oven to about 300 degrees F. Wrap the entire bulb of garlic in aluminum foil and place in the oven for about 30 minutes. This amount of time will leave some firmness to the garlic so that it can be sliced. If you are roasted the garlic for a spread, leave it in for 20-30 minutes longer.

One of the advantages to using roasted garlic in this salad is that it has a much sweeter flavor. If someone bites into a piece of garlic while eating this salad, he won't be surprised by the strong flavor that raw garlic leaves behind.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: about 8 half cup servings

Depending on your tastes, here are some additional ideas to add to this salad.

  • capers
  • artichoke hearts
  • green onion
  • black olives instead of Kalamata olives

Once you have removed the foil, break apart the cloves and peel away the outer layer to reveal the cloves.
Once you have removed the foil, break apart the cloves and peel away the outer layer to reveal the cloves. | Source

Ingredients for Greek Orzo Salad

  • 4 cups cooked orzo
  • 1/2 cup chopped peppers-I used yellow and orange but you can use what you like.
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced (chiffonade) raw spinach leaves
  • 1/2 (or more if desired) cubed Feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata (Greek) olives
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup dressing (see recipe)

Directions for Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

  1. Cook the orzo according to the package directions, rinse with cold water and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Chop all of the vegetables, tomatoes, olives, and cheese and add to the orzo.
  3. Add the sliced garlic and toasted pine nuts.
  4. Finally toss in the sliced spinach and mix the dressing and keep cold until ready to serve. Mix again just before serving if you are preparing this ahead of time.
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Fresh tomatoes and spinach are added to the salad.Chop the vegetables so that are about 1/4 inch squares.  Leave the feta cheese in about 1/2 inch chunks.
Fresh tomatoes and spinach are added to the salad.
Fresh tomatoes and spinach are added to the salad. | Source
Chop the vegetables so that are about 1/4 inch squares.  Leave the feta cheese in about 1/2 inch chunks.
Chop the vegetables so that are about 1/4 inch squares. Leave the feta cheese in about 1/2 inch chunks. | Source
Add the dressing and mix thoroughly.
Add the dressing and mix thoroughly. | Source

Easy Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of the roasted garlic (you can also use shallots)
  • 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Finely dice the garlic and combine with the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
  2. Wisk in the olive oil until it emulsifies.
  3. Gently pour over the salad and mix.

These are the pine nuts toasted.  Be careful not to burn them.  They toast very quickly and you will not be able to use them if they burn.
These are the pine nuts toasted. Be careful not to burn them. They toast very quickly and you will not be able to use them if they burn. | Source

What are pine nuts?

Pine nuts are the seeds that are found in pine trees. When shelled, they are long and white in color. The shape resembles a popcorn kernel, only longer. They can be eaten raw or toasted. When toasted, they have a nutty flavor and it will add a crunch to your dish. Pine nuts are delicious in salads, pasta, and meat dishes.

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Serving Greek Orzo Salad

This wonderful summer salad is perfect paired with grilled fish or chicken dish. It would also be a great dish to bring for a summer potluck barbecue or family gathering. I hope that you enjoy this tasty summer salad!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This looks awesome, especially since I am already tired or Thanksgiving leftovers and it is only one day later. Shared because I am probably not the only one. Pinned to.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Awww, thanks so much for your encouraging words teaches. We really have fun exploring in our kitchen.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I had orzo in a salad just the other day and loved it so much. Your photos and hub recipes are always well done and so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      It has a wonderful blend of flavors. We love to serve it with Salmon or various grilled chicken dishes. Thanks for your comments Pamela.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This looks like a very interesting recipe with a multitude of great flavors. Thanks for another recipe.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      It is wonderfully tasty! Thanks for stopping by Rose.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      In my opinion, a summer dish is filled with fresh vegetables and this one meets that criteria. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did bridalletter!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Cindi B, glad you liked it!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your visit TToombs08! I hope that you enjoy it. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yum! Orzo is the best. Perfect recipe for summer.

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Wow that looks so good and inviting. Truly looks like a summer dish. I can't wait to try it out! Great hub too.

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      Cindi B 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Yummy! Great recipe!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Oh wow...this looks really good and I would definitely add the artichoke hearts and green onions. YUM! VUMS.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      YES! I will make it and no need to spring for the ingredients. :) Thanks for the compliment on the photos, I've been working on that area.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I'm so glad to hear that Sally's Trove! I hope that you and whomever you are feeding enjoy it. Thanks for your comments. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      It is very light and refreshing beaddve1800. Thanks so much for your visit and share!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      It is a wonderful summer salad nifwlseirff. A nice change from some of the more traditional summer salads.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Let me know how you like it. It was very easy to make and very tasty!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      You had me at the roasted garlic and olives. Voted 5 stars. Can we have this when I visit? I'll spring for the ingredients. Your photos are lovely by the way.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Simple, fresh, beautiful! Your Greek orzo salad is definitely going to find a place at my summer table. Up!

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      beaddve1800 5 years ago from Toronto

      Perfect salad for the summe. It is not heavy and healthy. Shared!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      This looks delicious - garlic, lemon, olives and feta! Perfect for summer!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Rated up and 5 stars for this one. Great photos here. ! ! ! I think I will make some today.